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About Us

Our goal is to identify emerging problems facing the turfgrass industry and provide real-world solutions based on results of our research.

The turfgrass industry is constantly evolving with new challenges appearing annually. Our lab focuses on identifying key problems faced by golf course superintendents and others in the turfgrass industry, conducting basic and applied research trials to solve these issues, and providing cultural and chemical management solutions for end users.

While our lab focuses heavily on disease management and the identification of new and emerging diseases on golf courses, we conduct a wide range of studies related to golf course management.

Our Core Research Areas:

  • Biology of new pathogens and epidemiology of emerging diseases
  • Management of annual bluegrass
  • Putting green playability and plant health
  • Cultural and chemical management of turfgrass diseases
  • Utilization of emerging technologies

We welcome prospective graduate students and collaborators interested in novel, multidisciplinary research that seeks to solve real-world problems.

Our Team:

  • Dr. John Kaminski, Associate Professor
  • Mr. Tim Lulis, Research Assistant
  • Ms. Patrizia Rollo, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Ms. Devon Carroll, M.S. Candidate
  • Mr. Cameron Stephens, M.S. Candidate
  • Mr. Rijul Bhimwal, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Ms. Kristy Fu, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Mr. Ryan Hill, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Ms. Emily Milligan, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Our work involves a number of graduate students and colleagues at Penn State, and collaborators from other institutions. For more information on our lab or research opportunities, please contact Dr. Kaminski.

Former Graduate Students:

  • Amy Baetsen, M.S. (Thatch collapse)
  • Yu Huang, M.S. (Dollar spot)
  • Kyung Han, M.S. (Annual bluegrass management)
  • Alex Putman, M.S. (Dollar spot)